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Earning Status (PQP) on non-016 Tickets and Partner Metal

Old Oct 20, 2019, 6:42 pm
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Partner ticket PQP calculator
Partner Earning

Beginning in 2020, if you fly a partner airline (not UA metal) and your ticket is on the stock of another airline (not 016 ticket), you will earn PQP as a fraction of the distance flown. That fraction is determined by your fare class, and can be found in the tables below.
The way to derive this fraction is to go to the United earnings page for your airline and determine the RDM (not PQM) earning rate for your fare class. Then divide this number by 5 for "preferred partners" and 6 otherwise.
If the fare class of a non-016 *A partner flight allows RDM earnings (and therefore PQDs), the flight also earns Premier Qualifying Flight (PQF) credit.

Preferred Partner Airlines: AC AD AV CA CM EN EW LH LX NH NZ OS SN VA WK
Other Partner Airlines (status earning): A3 AI BR ET HO LO MS OA OU OZ SA SK SQ TG TK TP ZH
Other Partner Airlines (NO Premier credit): 3M 4B 9K EI HA UK VW

Note that for the third category you will earn RDM but no PQP, regardless of ticket stock (this is no change from before when you would not earn PQM).

For flights on or after July 1, 2020, the maximum Premier qualifying points that can be earned per flight {segment} on tickets issued and operated by Star Alliance partners and select MileagePlus partner airlines are as follows:

MileagePlus members who purchased tickets on eligible partners prior to these new rules may submit receipts showing tickets were issued prior to April 29, 2020, to [email protected] with the subject line "OA PQP Review" to be considered for PQP earning under the prior rules. Receipts should not be submitted until after travel is completed for flights on or after July 1, 2020.
UA Capping PQP Earn with Partners (update -- per flight segment)

Frequently Asked Questions
What if I fly a United-operated segment on a non-United ticket? You will earn PQP equal to the portion of the fare assignable to that segment. This information is transmitted from the ticketing carrier to United, and will be a somewhat arbitrary number between 0 and the full value of the fare component which includes that segment**. (This is the same as earning PQD on such a segment today.)

**Many reports of this not working even this well, and the potential number being outside this range.

What about codeshare segments? As before, codeshares do not matter. Only the operating carrier (metal) of each segment and the stock of the ticket determine your earnings.

How do I get a non-016 ticket? Any ticket purchased directly from another airline will be a partner-issued ticket, even if it has United segments. (Any ticket purchased from United will be an 016 ticket, even if it has no United segments.) Tickets purchased from an agency will usually have a stock of the marketing carrier of the most significant segment ("first long segment" usually).

What's the trick here? Because PQP are earned as a fraction of the distance flown, flying long distances on low-priced fares can earn more PQP than dollars spent. For any given journey, you should consider where you are earning a favorable ratio of PQP to dollars of at least 1.0 when ticketing this way, and consider ticketing with United if you are not.

What about BULK fares? Bulk fares will also earn PQP by distance, as noted in the table below. This is the only way to earn by distance on United metal.


Earnings Tables
Last updated in the image on 17-Nov-23.
To use: Determine the flight miles of your trip, then multiply by the applicable percentage based on the fare class of the ticket. That is your PQP for that segment. Example: 1000 mile flight on Air Canada booked in W fare code: PQP = 1000*.15=150).

Note that values >= 20% are rounded to the nearest 1%, and smaller values are rounded to the nearest 0.1%. If precise calculations are needed, you should always use the original source material (United website).

Star Alliance Airlines
Warning: It is strongly recommended that you consult the United earnings page for your airline and confirm the earning rate here, as they have been to known to change without notice and apply retroactively to tickets purchased before the change.
Note: There are special rules for AC branded Economy fares on 014 tickets.
GREEN background is a "preferred" partner.


Other Partner Airlines (not Star Alliance)
Warning: It is strongly recommended that you consult the United earnings page for your airline and confirm the earning rate here, as they have been to known to change without notice and apply retroactively to tickets purchased before the change.
GREEN background is a "preferred" partner.

Updated PQP calculator with new per-segment earning cap
Originally Posted by kevflyer
I created a updated version of the PQP calculator to handle the upcoming per segment PQP earning limits. It also calculates RDM:
https://pqp.economiles.com/


More Information on earning PQP and PQF
Earning PQP on flights ticketed and operated by a Star Alliance Partner
Members can also earn Premier qualifying points on tickets issued and operated by Star Alliance partners and select MileagePlus partner airlines. Your PQP will be equal to award miles earned divided by 5 if you’re flying on a preferred partner; for other MileagePlus partner airlines, it will be award miles earned divided by 6.

Please note award miles is your base award miles earning plus your fare class bonus award miles earning, if eligible. Premier bonus miles earned are not included within this calculation and are ineligible for Premier qualifying points accrual.

For Star Alliance airlines as well as Air Dolomiti, Azul, Eurowings, Edelweiss, and Olympic:

Preferred partner PQP: Award miles divided by 5

MileagePlus partner PQP: Award miles divided by 6

For example, if you earned 360 award miles for your flight, you’ll receive 72 PQP if you flew with a preferred partner, and 60 PQP if you flew with a MileagePlus partner.

PQP Calculator with option to apply max PQP per flight:
https://pqp.economiles.com/

For flights on or after July 1, 2020, the maximum Premier qualifying points that can be earned per flight on tickets issued and operated by Star Alliance partners and select MileagePlus partner airlines are as follows:

MileagePlus members who purchased tickets on eligible partners prior to these new rules may submit receipts showing tickets were issued prior to April 29, 2020, to [email protected] with the subject line "OA PQP Review" to be considered for PQP earning under the prior rules. Receipts should not be submitted until after travel is completed for flights on or after July 1, 2020.


For more information on PQP accrual for a specific airline, visit our airline partner pages.

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Earning Status (PQP) on non-016 Tickets and Partner Metal

Old Aug 20, 2023, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by IMissThe747
Booking a C fare give 200% RDM, only divided by 5 for PQM. Still some good opportunities out there on CM.
How much was the itinerary you mentioned above, if you’re willing to share? Curious to see what the earnings rate is!
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Old Aug 20, 2023, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by unitedwildcat
How much was the itinerary you mentioned above, if you’re willing to share? Curious to see what the earnings rate is!
Just under 2k per person.
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Old Aug 24, 2023, 9:59 pm
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Originally Posted by unitedwildcat
Ah man, looks like they changed CM booking class A from 50% to 25% starting August 1. That's a bummer

I know there were a number of recommendations to book CM flights in A to meet PQP goals, so that might throw a wrench in some people's requalification plans
I used ITA Matrix to force higher fares (O, 75%). It's $200 more for 500 more PQP. But how to I buy that fare? Copaair.com is only selling those 25% and 50% fares.
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Old Aug 25, 2023, 5:45 am
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Originally Posted by HkCaGu
I used ITA Matrix to force higher fares (O, 75%). It's $200 more for 500 more PQP. But how to I buy that fare? Copaair.com is only selling those 25% and 50% fares.
https://bookwithmatrix.com/ ???
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 1:54 pm
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How many PQP would I expect to earn on a a flight from SFO to DXB via Frankfurt return. The fare will cost approx $5000
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 2:14 pm
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Originally Posted by navatwal
How many PQP would I expect to earn on a a flight from SFO to DXB via Frankfurt return. The fare will cost approx $5000
A lot more info is needed ... airline (assume LH both legs?)? Booking class?
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 2:21 pm
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Originally Posted by navatwal
How many PQP would I expect to earn on a a flight from SFO to DXB via Frankfurt return. The fare will cost approx $5000
You can find input your info here and it will return the corresponding PQP: https://pqp.economiles.com/

Note partner PQP may be limited/maxed out depending on your fare bucket and segment distance.
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 2:41 pm
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Got kind of an odd one that maybe the wizards can help me figure out. Customer is booking my ticket. It's not ticketed yet, but I've seen a pending PNR, so I'm wondering how it will ticket (what stock) and how my earnings will work out.

What I've seen
Outbound A-B-C, flights operated by BA, AA flight numbers
Return C-D-E, flights operated by LH, UA flight numbers

Obviously the outbound earns nothing on UA, but I have no idea what kind of ticket stock the return will be on. Might it come out on AA ticket stock? Would I earn anything with that since it isn't on a *A ticket stock (even though it is on *A metal with UA flight numbers). Or might it get ticketed on two different tickets (one on AA stock, one on UA stock which seems like the best possible outcome given that it is an expensive J ticket)?
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 4:34 pm
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Originally Posted by jasonvr
Got kind of an odd one that maybe the wizards can help me figure out. Customer is booking my ticket. It's not ticketed yet, but I've seen a pending PNR, so I'm wondering how it will ticket (what stock) and how my earnings will work out.

What I've seen
Outbound A-B-C, flights operated by BA, AA flight numbers
Return C-D-E, flights operated by LH, UA flight numbers

Obviously the outbound earns nothing on UA, but I have no idea what kind of ticket stock the return will be on. Might it come out on AA ticket stock? Would I earn anything with that since it isn't on a *A ticket stock (even though it is on *A metal with UA flight numbers). Or might it get ticketed on two different tickets (one on AA stock, one on UA stock which seems like the best possible outcome given that it is an expensive J ticket)?
You will earn on the return. Ticket stock doesn't matter other than: might be 2 different tickets and the return being on an LH 220 or UA 016 will be different (for the LH segment), of course flights operated by UA earn based on the ticket price no matter the ticket stock. So really the question is just for the LH segment
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 4:38 pm
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Originally Posted by cfischer
A lot more info is needed ... airline (assume LH both legs?)? Booking class?

LH Both legs in Z class, also I see that preferred partner PQP is capped at 1500, is that capped per segment / one-way or roundtrip?

Trying to work out what a LH / Swiss fare from SFO to DXB gets in Z in terms of PQP.

Last edited by navatwal; Aug 26, 2023 at 6:00 pm
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by adcer
The only time I've seen it otherwise is when it's sold as the same flight number; Singapore's CPT-JNB-SIN for example. A friend battled with UA on that and managed to get the extra 1 PQP but they're typically unmoved.
been that way for a long time.

we did SQ SFO-HKG-SIN, and SIN-ICN-SFO, circa 5 years ago, and yes, you get the direct mileage when booked on the same flight (and also, IIRC, get a single BP which you use to re-board at the intermediate stop). Also they way it happens on UA metal (though there was a time when that wasn’t the case).
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 9:41 pm
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Originally Posted by navatwal
LH Both legs in Z class, also I see that preferred partner PQP is capped at 1500, is that capped per segment / one-way or roundtrip?

Trying to work out what a LH / Swiss fare from SFO to DXB gets in Z in terms of PQP.
It's capped per segment. SFO-FRA-DXB in Z on a LH ticket will get you 2,404 PQP one-way, or 4,808 PQP round-trip.
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Old Aug 26, 2023, 10:58 pm
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Originally Posted by cfischer
You will earn on the return. Ticket stock doesn't matter other than: might be 2 different tickets and the return being on an LH 220 or UA 016 will be different (for the LH segment), of course flights operated by UA earn based on the ticket price no matter the ticket stock. So really the question is just for the LH segment
Thanks - both return segments are LH, but with UA flight numbers due to Fly America. I'm guessing that means it will be on 016 ticket stock (it would seem odd to end up with LH flights on LH stock with UA flight numbers). Definitely no way it ends up on American (001) stock even though that's the first long haul?
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Old Aug 27, 2023, 12:21 am
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Originally Posted by jasonvr
Thanks - both return segments are LH, but with UA flight numbers due to Fly America. I'm guessing that means it will be on 016 ticket stock (it would seem odd to end up with LH flights on LH stock with UA flight numbers). Definitely no way it ends up on American (001) stock even though that's the first long haul?
With UA flight numbers, it will almost certainly be either 001 or 016 stock. There’s a minor chance it could be on BA or LH stock, but I doubt it for the same reason you do. There’s no way to know in advance which they will use, and yes 001 is a very real possibility. What they will likely do is compute the fare both ways — as a single ticket or as separate tickets — and book whichever is least expensive.
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Old Aug 27, 2023, 7:30 am
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Originally Posted by jasonvr
Thanks - both return segments are LH, but with UA flight numbers due to Fly America. I'm guessing that means it will be on 016 ticket stock (it would seem odd to end up with LH flights on LH stock with UA flight numbers). Definitely no way it ends up on American (001) stock even though that's the first long haul?
UA coded and LH operated? Yeah, that’ll be a 016 ticket unless it is in J and they put everything on 001 which is unlikely IMO.
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